And just in time for the holidays. Mamabu box is the sweetest monthly subscription box catered to care for mom’s. They were kind enough to send me a second box to review, and it did not disappoint. Mother’s give their all day in and day out, and this company delivers goodies to your door that deal with self help. I do believe if a mom feels well, the entire house runs smoother. Use code “SOMETHINGCUTE15” to receive 15% off site wide until December 16th. Treat yourself, your mom, your mother in law, aunts…you get the idea. This month’s subscription box features the following items: happy shopping! And happy holidays – the best time of year.
- Hazel’s Touch Herbal Tea (and it’s delicious!)
- A sweet leaf tea infuser
- Clover honey and spoons (a honey spoon) which is of course, the perfect pairing with the herbal tea.
- A beautiful Joy Journal
- Two bath bombs – lovely scented “sleepy time” bombs. I used one in my toddler’s bath tonight…fingers crossed.
- A spa day candle – the most refreshing green daffodil scent (very calming)
- A spa day soap – also green daffodil scent. I lathered myself up in the shower this evening and feel refreshed.
- Ghirardelli chocolate squares – need I say more??! Delicious!
Petal aroma was kind enough to send me some samples to review. Petal is essential, plant based aroma and absolutely wonderful! Their site is:
To use, simply pour the pearls into a jar and reap the benefits of aroma. The petal “pearls” are non toxic and derived completely from natural sources. I’ve been using the lavender scent in our master bedroom. I find the scent calming, especially when first waking up in the morning.
Hello! I’ve teamed up with two lovely ladies to share how fitting in fitness into your daily life is possible. Here they are:
Annie – http://www.simplyannie.com/
Corina – http://www.nowthaticando.com/home/8-secrets-to-a-fitness-routine-that-sticks
Here’s how I fit in fitness.
I work for Equinox, managing the Pilates department and acting as lead teacher trainer for the Pilates Instruction certificate program. I’ve been teaching about 8 years and health and fitness has always been a passion. When I turned six, my Dad asked me if I’d like to take ballet lessons and so it began. I danced my way through college and into working for Disney. In between Disney gigs, I became a certified trainer and worked at various health clubs. Once my Disney days were over, I moved to California and reconnected with some old friends. One gifted me a Pilates session for my birthday. I tried it and was instantly hooked. I became certified through the Physical Mind Institute and have been teaching ever since… excepting my 4 month maternity leave. Pregnancy and I did NOT do well! Some women’s shiny skin and bouncy hair make pregnancy look easy. I struggled with the weight gain, swollen feet, lack of breath, and generally just feeling bad most of the time. But, we got through it and our lives were forever changed when our son was born. I was fortunate to have had four months of maternity leave but when they ended, I was completely devastated by the thought of separating from my son. I cried from exhaustion overwhelmed by the realization that I was about to become… A WORKING MOM!? It seemed impossible. I’m a structured person and having a baby strips you of order and control. I knew that if I wanted stay sane, I had to create and stick to a routine. I also knew that setting time aside for myself was imperative. At work that was easy with gaps between clients and the convenience of one of the most advanced exercise facilities in the country at my disposal. But at home it was a different story. So my husband and I worked together to create a daily schedule for our son. It consists of set times for meals, snacks, play, naps, bath and bedtime. Then I blocked out time for myself that fit within his schedule. There are no lengthy workouts, as time slots between the events of his day are brief, but even just ten minute bouts of exercise will boost endorphins. While my husband reads him bedtime stories, I lie on the floor and do a quick stretch/ab routine. I walk the dog in the morning before he wakes, and after we say goodnight. I’ve also recently set aside twenty minutes per day to meditate. It helps tremendously with managing stress. Healthy perspective and perception are vital. If you see your situation as impossible, well, that’s likely what you’ll get. I’m not saying it’s easy. It’s an incredible challenge. “Mom guilt” is real and some days are better than others, but I try to be just as strong emotionally as I am physically so my son will grow up with a positive female role model. He’s the most amazing part of my life, so I’ll devote every ounce of energy to his health and happiness. I truly believe that will require I take time to care for myself so that I can better care for him.
Don’t forget to show some love to the beautiful Annie from www,simplyannie.com
and the oh so entertaining Corina over at http://www.nowthaticando.com/home/8-secrets-to-a-fitness-routine-that-sticks
Happy sweating, mamas!
On sale! Today is the last day to purchase these beauties at the sale price. True to size, so comfortable yet supportive enough for treadmill runs or a group fitness class. Happy shopping!
But seriously, Target has really stepped up their game! I was browsing the shoe section yesterday and stumbled upon the cutest fringe booties…..that I already own, paid waaay too much for, and should have waited for Target to “knock them off.” And I mean that in the nicest way possible. They look EXACTLY the same as my Steve Madden pair and are a fraction of the price. Here’s the link to a few options that are so, super cute and a must have for fall. I know it’s hard to think about boots in 180 degree weather, but I can’t wait for the fall! Pumpkin spice everything, cozy sweaters, and booties!!! Boots! Cute!
You are so cute & make me feel young…wait, am I too old to be wearing rompers? I suppose that’s a different topic. Anyway, I’m not sure how to (AHEM)….use the bathroom in you. Do I swing both arms behind my back, unbutton the teeny tiny button, and pull you completely down? I promise I’ll do my best to not let you hit the ground or stomp on you if down there. What if the only bathroom choice I have is a GASP…. A porta potty??! I suppose that’s also a different topic.
Do I gracefully pull you to one side in a second desperate attempt to side straddle the toilet bowl. I promise I won’t dribble pee (AHEM) pee on you…I know you ladies got that visual loud and clear.
What if you’re lookin’ super ROMPER cute on a first date. And because of nerves, you drink a bit too much champagne. So you’re forced to the ladies room, in a cramped stall, in a tipsy state, and into a panic. Your mind starts to race because if your new crush thinks you’re in the bathroom for too long….OH MY POOP. Whatever you do, don’t rip your romper. She’s cute and loves you and wants you to be happy on your first date. Stay calm and ask for help! Your fellow stallmate will understand.
I’d so appreciate any tips from my fellow romper wearin’ ladies out there. Now if you’ll excuse me…you know where to find me.
Here’s a link to one of my favorites – happy shopping!!
Currently obsessed with this open – front poncho. So comfy and easy to throw on under a tank, shorts, and sandals. Here’s the link:
And psst…it’s ON SALE – can I get a weeeee?! Mom approved!
I found the cutest white one piece at yes, Target. The lace detail is so flattering and comfy. I’m wearing a small and it’s currently on sale. Don’t be afraid of a white suit! This one covers all your bits and the lines are very contouring. Cheers to that! Here’s the link:
Do you own dresses that maybe make you feel like you forgot your pants? Styling TIP: knot your dress to one side and throw some shorts on under it. Nothing worse than feeling like you can’t bend over to do something because you’ll flash something. Especially helpful when handling small children/sticky fingers. Linked below is my entire outfit – all currently ON SALE! Happy shopping!
#bethegood – such a great message. Wendy is a mom on a mission and her cute clothes for a cause do not disappoint. Use the code: GOODDAYS to receive 20% off sitewide! The direct link to her website is: www.bethegoodshop.com
I’m wearing a size small – “No bad days” tank and my little man is in the cutest matching T. Confession, I love dressing my little boy and I alike. I have to do it now while he is still little and doesn’t protest!